Latitude Festival’s top 20 books by women

If you’ve been following us over the last few weeks, you may well know that the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction brought a host of exciting events to Latitude festival for the first time this year.

We also invited Latitude Festival goers to vote for their top 20 favourite books by women, participants wrote their choices on luggage tags and tied them to The Tree of Stories in the festival’s Faraway Forest. The results are now in!

Without further ado, here’s our top 20 books by women (as voted by Latitude Festival 2016 goers):

Beloved – Toni Morrison

On Beauty – Zadie Smith

Labyrinth – Kate Mosse

A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran

The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

House of Spirits – Isabel Allende

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

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